New data from the National Apprenticeship Service reveals that online apprenticeship applications in Northumberland have increased by 13 per cent year on year, with around 7,720 applications made for vacancies in the past 12 months.
But with each online vacancy now attracting an average of 10 applications, the Government is urging more employers to consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.
Matthew Hancock MP, Skills Minister, said: “We want to see it become the norm that young people either go to university or into an apprenticeship. To match the growing popularity of apprenticeships, I would urge more employers to consider how hiring an apprentice could benefit their business.
“Research out last week showed that more than 70 per cent of employers say apprentices boosted their service or product – this is testament to the benefits of apprenticeships for both young people and the wider economy.”
In the past 12 months, 1.4million applications have been made online across the UK. Among the fastest growing apprenticeships, in terms of the percentage increase in vacancies advertised online, are health – optical retail, vehicle sales, facilities management and health – clinical healthcare support.